Fair Work: fighting poverty through decent jobs
The Fair Work Coalition has come together to launch a new campaign to ensure fairness at work for those in low-paid and precarious jobs. The coalition includes voluntary and community organisations, faith groups and trade unions.
A significant group of working people are denied the most basic standards of job security and fair treatment in the workplace. Under UK employment law these people are not classified as 'employees' but as 'workers' or are falsely categorised as 'self-employed'.
The coalition will highlight the injustice experienced by workers in this position and demonstrate that there is an important link between people's employment status and their chances of being in working poverty.
The coalition believes that Government needs to act to modernise the law on employment status and guarantee all working people fairness at work.
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The Fair Work coalition, which includes faith groups, voluntary and community organisations and unions, is concerned that a lack of decent employment rights for some of the UK's most poorly paid workers is leaving thousands of people trapped in poverty at work.